Some time mid 2010, travelling between Pattadakal and Aihole, at one point we could see a white structure on a hill. I guessed it must be an ancient temple. The hill was located on the other side of river Malaprabha i.e. beyond the left bank and we had no idea how to reach it. For some reason I did not bother inquiring about the spot. However, every time I traveled that stretch I would look at it.. one day I must see it. Years later I located an unknown hill fort close to Malaprabha left bank. So now we two places on my list.
February 23, 2013
The unknown fort turned out to Akkargal fort, a very interesting place indeed. We left Akkargal and drove towards Pattadakal; about 3½ kms from Akkargal we saw a white structure on a rocky hillock 300 meters to our right, I knew right away we had located the unknown structure. Unfortunately our itinerary did not allow time for this structure, we had two forts ahead of us. We stopped on the road to take few shots with my telephoto lens.
Close to the road was another temple and a mantapa, architecture looks Chalukyan.
August 31, 2013
That's our hillock with the unknown structure.
We parked our cab close to the base of the hillock. A quarry worker told us its a temple- Shankarlingeshwar Gudi. The climb was easy, the entire hill is a quarry, a stock yard of sandstone blocks ready for sale.
The temple has fort like walls on three sides, the fourth side is too steep to climb easily. Also there are two bastions. Within the outer walls are partitions creating small chambers, perhaps they were living quarters for priest's family.
Also, I wish quarrying activity stops for the sake of this unique historical monument. I guess this place is called as Motar Maradi.